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Green Bay electrocution injury lawyersConsumers expect that the products they purchase will be safe to use, so long as they follow the warnings and instructions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead, statistics say that some 48 people die of consumer product-related electrocution each year. Learn how you can obtain full and fair compensation if you or your loved one has been killed or injured by a consumer product, and discover how a seasoned, competent personal injury lawyer can assist you with the process. 

The Truth About Consumer Product Recalls

Ideally, products would not be released to the public until after they have undergone a rigorous safety inspection. Sadly, there are holes in the system, so numerous defective items are placed into the hands of consumers each year. Sometimes the defects are caught before an injury or death occurs, but usually, it is a tragedy that sparks a recall. From there, consumers must rely on news sources, online notifications, and product registries to inform them of the dangerous item. Sadly, this system does not always work either, so many people continue to use a product that is unsafe. Because of that continued use, their risk of a death or injury may increase, and if one does occur, their chances of a full and fair settlement may decrease. 

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Appleton defective toy lawyersIf you are like most parents, you take the time to check age recommendations before purchasing a new toy for your child. You may even check to ensure the product has not been recalled, and if you ever learn of one, you get rid of the toy or return the toy or send it in for a refund or replacement. So, what happens when your child experiences an injury, despite all your due diligence? Every three minutes, a parent, somewhere in the United States, asks this same question. Here, we will answer that question so that you and your loved ones know where to turn if your child ever experiences a defective toy injury.

Defective Toys in America

In a landmark study, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Service. A compilation of consumer product injury statistics at over 100 hospitals across the country, the data goes all the way back to 1990. Overall, the data revealed that a child is injured by a dangerous toy every three minutes. More specifically, children at different ages and stages faced different threats.

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Appleton defective product lawyersThe Consumer Protection Safety Act (CPSA) is meant to protect consumers from the risk of death or injury from dangerous and defective products. Enacted by Congress in 1972, it outlines guidelines for the safe production, sale, packaging, and labeling of consumer products. It also regulates manufacturers and requires that they follow a specific protocol if or when a defective product is discovered. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers adhere to the CPSA. For this reason, every American should understand their rights and protections under this Act, including what their rights are if or when an injury or fatality occurs.

Consumers Have the Right to Expect Reasonably Safe Products

Before the CPSA, defects were extremely common. Some products were so dangerous, they put millions of people at risk of death or serious injury. There were toasters that would catch fire, even if not in use, and burn down homes. There were toys that caused strangulation and contained lead paint, which compromised the health and safety of young children. Essentially, consumers never knew what they were buying, or if it would pose a risk to themselves or their family members. It was this problematic situation that led to the enactment of the CPSA.

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Appleton, WI defective product lawyersElectrocution might seem like an easy situation to avoid, but there are unseen and little known risks everywhere. They come in the form of defective consumer products, such as power tools, hair dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Even more concerning is the rate at which these products lead to serious and life-threatening injuries. If you are a consumer and own any electrical appliance, tool, or device know what your risks are, and how to proceed if an injury does occur.

Report Reveals Some Americans are at Higher Risk

While all consumers who use electrical products are at risk for electrocution from a defective product, a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals that some Americans are at higher risk than others. Their analysis, which examined the number of electrocution deaths caused by consumer products from 2007 through 2009, found that men were seven times more likely than women to suffer death after being electrocuted by a consumer product. Those between the ages of 40 and 59 were found to be at an especially high risk. In fact, 51 of the approximately 70 deaths per year were experienced by consumers within this age group.

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dangerous products, Wisconsin Products Liability LawyerMost houses are filled with countless products that help make our lives easier, provide entertainment, and generally improve our life quality. Unfortunately, with the many benefits of consumer products also comes the risk of accidents and injuries right in our own homes. Research indicates that an estimated 34 million people suffer injuries due to accidents caused by defective or dangerous consumer products on an annual basis.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) aims to notify consumers of potentially dangerous products, foster recalls, and keep unnecessarily harmful products off the market. Despite CPSC efforts, manufacturers continue to make mistakes and defective products do make it onto the shelves and into our homes. Additionally, companies often fail to adequately warn consumers of possible risks of using a product. If someone in your household has sustained injuries due to a defective or improperly labeled product, the negligent manufacturer should be held responsible.

The following are some examples of household products that commonly lead to serious injuries:

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